It seems as though I may have to eat some crow.

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Home Inspector with Charles Buell Inspections Inc.

       I had told Steve Smith that I would never  (I always regret using that word----almost as much as the word "always") break down and hire a Home Inspection Assistant the way he has done with Nutsy.  It may be partially out of jealousy that I have "tentatively" changed my mind.  Before Nutsy came along, Steve used to call me on the phone all the time----now it is "Nutsy-this" and "Nutsy-that" and our friendship has flown the coop.  He even thinks Nutsy knows more about houses than I do.  And while Nutsy may know how to slide down downspouts and get into attics from the gutters, that is, frankly, nothing I have aspired to do.  I am usually in a position of advising people how to keep nutcases OUT OF THEIR ATTICS!

     Perhaps it would be more accurate for me to say that I have taken on an assistant on a "trial basis."  I am a little nervous that hiring her might turn into a sequel to some Hitchcock movie since she might have friends---and "I think you know what I mean by friends."  I also feel it will be advantageous to have a "female" assistant to provide a more balanced service to my buyers----and she so obviously has better balance than I do----even as good  a balance as that wire-walking Nutsy----and obviously she is better looking.sunsmile

     I knew I had to "re-think" my position when she tried to "take off" with the rope tied to the back of my vehicle and actually survived when she came to the end of the rope.

     So we shall see how she works out.  I already know she can do roofs better than me.  She even checked out a flue liner the other day.  I thought that might be the end of her interest in the job when she reported seeing the remains of her distant cousins on the fireplace smoke shelf.  With that kind of commitment how can I even consider not keeping her around?  Much will depend on the support (and/or abuse) she gets from you my loyal readers.

      So please welcome----my Certiflied Home Inspection Assistant----Raven DeCroe

      Here is a picture of her doing her thing on the roof inspection----I can now say "we" walk any roof.

 

 

 

Raven DeCroe doing her thing

Charles Buell  

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James Quarello
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Kevin, Home inspections are serious work. I think your assitant will monkey around more than inspect.

Nov 04, 2008 02:28 AM #38
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Cheryl P----hopefully it didn't hurt to much.

Kevin, I suspect he should work out better than Raven and Nutsy----if you can keep him from Monkeying around:)

Nov 04, 2008 02:33 AM #39
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector

Based on all of the interest in certifried home inspector assistants, it is apparent to me and the boss that there needs to be training put in place to make sure that these assistants are in fact trained and certifried.

Since I am the only experienced home inspector assistant, I am willing to travel to your location -- for a small fee -- and train your assistants so they are as competent and capable as I have recently become

I extend this offer to James, Charles, Kevin and anyone else who appreciates quality training.

Your instructor and friend

Nutsy

Certifried home inspector training consultant (VA approved classes)

Nov 04, 2008 02:47 AM #40
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Charles Buell
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Sorry Nutsy----fresh out of peanuts.  Are you sure you don't want to be "certiflied" like Raven.  Perhaps Raven could give you a lift and "drop you off" sometime.

Nov 04, 2008 02:55 AM #41
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Kevin Corsa
H.I.S. Home Inspections (Summit, Stark Counties) - Canton, OH
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"Mugsy" says you guys monkey around enough, he doesn't need to. :)

Nov 04, 2008 04:36 AM #42
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Kevin Corsa
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"Mugsy" is also a graduate with honors from the "Prime Eight Inspection Institute" which many other accredited schools have tried to ape, but have not been successful. He says "You can go bannanas trying to figure out all the accreditations these days, such as "certifried", "certiflied" etc. but you can always count on a "Prime Eight" to give it to you Straight".

Nov 04, 2008 04:59 AM #43
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Kevin, a monkey that can't monkey?  Sounds strange----or at least a contradiction in terms.  The Prime Eight Institute sounds like the place to go for real training.  Most of Nutsy's training came from dogging 18 wheelers on the interstate. The crow is still Raven about her trainin'  aviary good school:)

Nov 04, 2008 05:15 AM #44
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector

I find all of these home inspector assistant wannabes totally out of their league and insulting.

Nutsy

The Only certifried home inspector of the lot

Nov 04, 2008 06:45 AM #45
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Bubba Fife
Complete Property Maintenance - Nashville, TN

Charles, If Nutsy gets turned into a veggie by a truck, I have known then I guess that your assistant will have something to crow about... Maybe even have lunch with Nutsy...

Nov 04, 2008 07:32 AM #46
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Bubba, you sure got that right!   And a mighty fine lunch a corn fed squirrel would make too.Raven DeCroe

Nov 04, 2008 07:38 AM #47
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
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Charlie,

Lay off Nutsy, he will outlive you.

Nov 04, 2008 11:10 AM #48
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Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

I think it is time to call in the "shrink". My friend, you have gone off the deep end.

Nov 04, 2008 12:26 PM #49
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Charles Buell
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Steven, the odds are against that I am afraid.

Carl and Ceil, as I scrolled down to the bottom of these comments----I gotta agree with you:)

Nov 04, 2008 12:35 PM #50
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Carl Winters
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Charles that OK, I well understand. We have been playing make believe blog-along's with our NBA Spurs, we have everybody blog, bring food, and even had costumes last week. You should come visit and blog- along with us. We do this the whole season.

Spurs vs Mavericks Drop by. Dale is giving us the election update while we blog.

 

Nov 04, 2008 12:44 PM #51
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Kevin Corsa
H.I.S. Home Inspections (Summit, Stark Counties) - Canton, OH
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How can a fuzzy-tailed, fence-walking, nut-hoarding squirrel compete with a high flying Raven (with razor-sharp vision), and a PE educated primate?

Sorry Nutsy, Mugsy & Raven are what the people are cravin'.

Nov 05, 2008 12:00 AM #52
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Leslie Bloss, Bellevue Real Estate Professional
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Charlie,

I like your new picture--you look so angelic!

May 11, 2009 10:37 AM #53
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
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Finding this post again, nearly 3 years later, it is clear that Nutsy was the superior beast. Raven is long gone.

Mar 13, 2011 07:31 AM #54
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Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
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Not really---Nutsy cheats.

Mar 13, 2011 08:43 AM #55
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
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It seems impossible that it has been three years since poor Raven was bested by my cat and the very competent Nutsy, private investigator.  Perhaps Nutsy will write a book someday about his successes. 

Mar 14, 2011 01:30 AM #56
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Charles Buell
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Barbara, one thing is for sure is that the "final chapter" will taste good

Mar 19, 2011 07:49 AM #57
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